I know that as parents we have many roles, but the most important and fundamental of all our roles is the one where we teach our children about values and respect.
The old-fashioned values below are the ones I was brought up on:
Honesty is the back bone and the glue that brings and keeps people together. If we have honesty, we will have integrity and will also have trust. The objective is we work on and have all three. They go together.
There will always be times where someone doesn’t deserve to have our respect. Respect is something earned, not something that’s a given. As children learn about respect, they will work out other people for themselves, their actions and deeds and will know whether those people have earned their respect. Not everyone will deserve to have our respect.
Another old-fashioned value that should pay dividends. As children begin to learn the difference between loyalty and blind loyalty they will then begin to choose their friends wisely. It’s even a learning curve for some adults.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. To be concerned and to understand how someone else feels will help us strengthen our own resolve on what we deal with. With empathy we are able to see others who are less fortunate than ourselves. We must always want to help where we can and know we can make a difference.
Finally, putting others first makes us selfless and unselfish. If followed continually, being selfless and unselfish will help us mature and spiritually grow.